An Open Letter to Ilocanos


 

Hi Fellow Ilocanos,

This Open Letter is one of those things we collectively have to address to ensure that Ilocano Literature survives and thrives all the way from Kindergarten.

This pertains to my post in Multilingual Philippines entitled “DepEd Order No 16, s. 2012: God and the Devil in the details“. In that post I wanted to focus your attention to what I consider is a landmark action by the Department of Education as contained in DepEd Order No. 16, s. 2012 (DO 16) addressed to DepEd

Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries
Bureau Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division/City Superintendents.

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The operative paragraph of DO 16 is: “1. Starting School Year (SY) 2012-2013, the Mother Tongue-Based-Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) shall be implemented in all public schools, specifically in Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2 and 3 as part of the K to 12 Basic Education Program.” Yes, to repeat, “Mother Tongue-Based-Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) shall be implemented in all public schools, specifically in Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2 and 3″ in compliance with DepEd Order No. 74, s. 2009, which institutionalizes the implementation of Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) for the benefit of our children.

SY 2012-2013 starts in about THREE months. March is a busy month for the schools, what with all the graduation programs, followed by a two-month hiatus and then school opening again in June. I figure that you have a way of getting in touch with at least the Region I and Region II Directors (and possibly the Director of Cordillera Autonomous Region) and some of the teachers within these Ilocano-speaking Regions . We need to check if Ilocano will be used as the medium of instruction for Kinder up to Grade 3 in these regions. I figure, Ilocano should be the MOI in Kinder and at least Grade 1 were we to assume DO 16 is going to be implemented. I’m relying on you to please check and kindly send Multilingual Philippines some feedback.

Why am I writing you this Open Letter? I want your help in making sure DO 16 is implemented. Additionally, I’m writing this letter to appeal for your unselfish cooperation in helping the schools and DepEd authorities in your regions/communities in implementing DO 74 as directed by DO 16. In short, I am asking you as concerned citizens to dialog with the appropriate DepEd authorities regarding the implementation of these landmark DepEd Orders. Call the appropriate DepEd authorities. Write to them and let them know how you appreciate what they are doing. Let them know what you think would be a better way to implement MTB-MLE. Also, let them know about their shortcomings. Whatever, speak your mind and maintain an ongoing, mutually beneficial conversation with them.

The following contact info may be helpful:

Region I

Address: Flores St., Catbangen, San Fernando City, La Union
Tel: (072) 242-4768/ 700-5214
Telfax: (072) 242-6160
Email: ro1@deped.gov.ph
Region II
Address: Carig, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Tel: (078) 844-1862
(078) 844-3855
(078) 846-7325/ 844-7362
Email: ro2@deped.gov.ph

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You may follow this link: 2011 DepEd Directory — it’s even more complete.

BRO. ARMIN A. LUISTRO FSC – Secretary – 633-7208; 633-7228; 636-4876 F; osec@deped.gov.ph
RIZALINO D. RIVERA – Undersecretary Regional Operations – 633-7203; 631-8492 F; rdrivera@deped.gov.ph
FRANCISCO M. VARELA – Undersecretary Finance & Administration – 633-9342; 631-9640 F; fmvarela@deped.gov.ph
ALBERTO T. MUYOT – Undersecretary Legal Affairs – 633-7205; 633-7259 F; atmuyot@deped.gov.ph
YOLANDA S. QUIJANO – Undersecretary Programs & Projects – 687-4146; 636-4879 F; ysquijano@deped.gov.ph
REYNALDO ANTONIO D. LAGUDA – Assistant Secretary/ Chief of Staff – 638-8642; 631-8492 F; rey_laguda@yahoo.com
ARMANDO C. RUIZ – OIC-Assistant Secretary Finance – 633-7231; 683-0867 F
(vacant) – Assistant Secretary Programs & Projects – 633-7206; 631-8494 F; 633-7212
JESUS LORENZO R. MATEO – Assistant Secretary Planning – 633-7206; 633-7212; 631-8494 F
TONISITO UMALI – Assistant Secretary Legal Affairs – 631-9641; 633-7224; 633-1940 F

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Bureaus:

ANGELITA M. ESDICUL, OIC-Director IV – BUREAU OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION 637-4346; 633-7270 F
LOLITA M. ANDRADA, Director IV – BUREAU OF SECONDARY EDUCATION 633-7242; 636-5173 F
CAROLINA S. GUERRERO, Director IV – BUREAU OF ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SYSTEMS 635-5189; 635-5188 F
NELIA V. BENITO, OIC-Director III – NATIONAL EDUCATION TESTING CENTER 631-6921; 631-2588 F
THELMA R. NAVARREZ, OIC-Director II – HEALTH & NUTRITION CENTER 633-7245; 637-5504 F
LORNA R. DINO, OIC-Director III – NATIONAL EDUCATORS ACADEMY OF THE PHILIPPINES 635-4796; 633-9455 TL
ROSARIO D. DELEON, OIC-Director III – EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS 631-8377 to 80
RICARDO M. DE LUMEN, OIC-Director IV – TECHNICAL-VOCATIONAL EDUCATION TASK FORCE 633-0170; 633-9346 F
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Regional Offices:

ELENA R. RUIZ – OIC-Regional Director, NCR – (02) 921-4274; 453-8374 F
JOSEFINA G. TAMONDONG – Regional Director, CAR – (074) 422-1318; 422-4074 F
LIGAYA SOLEDAD T. MIGUEL – Regional Director, Region I – (072) 242-4768; 242-6160 F
BENITO S. TUMAMAO – Regional Director, Region II – (078) 844-3855; 844-1862 F
TEOFILA R. VILLANUEVA – Regional Director, Region III – (045) 961-7825; 860-5211 F
PARALUMAN R. GIRON – Regional Director, Region IV-A – (02) 682-2114; 682-1223
LUISA B. YU – Regional Director, Region IV-B – (02) 631-4070; 637-3093 TF
ORFELINA O. TUY – OIC-Regional Director, Region V – (052) 820-8404; 482-0046 F
MILDRED L. GARAY – Regional Director, Region VI – (033) 336-2816; 335-0207 F
RECAREDO G. BORGONIA – Regional Director, Region VII – (032) 231-1309; 414-7399
ROSE MARIE FELICIDAD V. SAET – Regional Director, Region VIII – (053) 323-7031; 323-3156 F
WALTER O. ALBOS – Regional Director, Region IX – (062) 215-3753; 215-3751
LUZ S. ALMEDA – Regional Director, Region X – (08822) 722-652; 726-574 F
SUSANA TERESA B. ESTIGOY – Regional Director, Region XI – (082) 227-9342; 221-6147
ISABELITA M. BORRES – Regional Director, Region XII – (083) 228-9753; 228-5596
GLORIA D. BENIGNO – OIC-Regional Director, CARAGA – (085) 342-0302; 342-8207
BARATUCAL L. CAUDANG – Regional Secretary, ARMM – (064) 390-1467; 421-3838 F

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Attached Agencies:

DENNIS T. GONZALEZ, Chairman, NATIONAL BOOK DEVELOPMENT BOARD, 2/F National Printing Office EDSA cor. NIA Northside Rd., Dliman, Q.C. 929-3881
MA. ANDREA D. PASION-FLORES, Executive Director, 920-9853/929-3677
FRANK G. RIVERA, Executive Director, NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR CHILDREN’S TELEVISION, 4/F Bonifacio Bldg., DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City 637-2306; 634-7156 F
JEREMY R. BARNS, Director, NATIONAL MUSEUM, Executive House Bldg., P. Burgos St., Taft Ave., Manila 527-1215; 527-0306 F
FR. CARMELO CALUAG, Director, PHILIPPINE HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS, National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, Los Ban?os, Laguna (049) 536-2862; 536-5971 to 72 TF

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Barring any wholesale turnover, most of the above info should still be good. Hope you folks are able to use the info appropriately, knowing that vigilance is the price of liberty.

Fellow Ilocanos: bear in mind that DO 74 as directed by DO 16, affects your children, you, your community, and the next generations of Ilocanos. Who said God, in his infinite wisdom, may even speak Ilocano fluently and wouldn’t it be embarrassing if YOU and/or your children don’t?

Your partner in the MTB-MLE advocacy,

Joe Padre

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